And what effect could that have on the general election?
Our last two Presidents (Bush and Clinton) essentially sat out the campaigns of their would-be successors. I suspect this was mostly because each was seen as something of a political liability for the candidate from their own party (Clinton for his moral failings in office and Bush for the state of the economy during the election cycle, plus the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan).
President Obama has not yet taken any significant stance in the upcoming election, although he has made a few comments to the effect of “I have faith that the American people won’t elect Donald Trump.” Once the nominees have been determined, do you think he’ll actively campaign for the Democratic Party candidate? Do you think doing so would have a significant impact on the campaign?
Assuming the candidates turn out to be Trump and Clinton, I just can’t see him sitting it out. I know there has been plenty of friction between Obama and the Clintons in the past, but the President and Ms. Clinton seemed to work pretty well together during her tenure as Secretary of State, and I think he’ll want to do everything he can to prevent Trump from winning the election. Obama’s an excellent campaigner, and could potentially help get the voters who are lukewarm concerning Hillary out to the polls. I think he could be quite effective for the Dems on his way out of office.